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Local EMT elected GAEMS leader
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    Bulloch County paramedic  T. Jeff Smith, IV, was reelected to the position of  President of the Providers Division of the  Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS) at a recent meeting held in Savannah at the Marriott Riverfront.
    Smith ran unopposed for the position.
    The GAEMS   is  divided into four divisions: the Providers, the Educators, the  Directors, & the Medical Directors.  Each division is represented by an elected slate of officers, who in turn elect a governing board. 
    The Providers Division is by far the largest in membership, as it represents each member paramedic, EMT, First Responder, and any other provider of emergency care within the state of Georgia.
     The mission of GAEMS is to advocate for the EMS provider, develop educational training programs, provide liaison activities, and to recommend improvements in EMS throughout Georgia.
    Smith was originally elected to the board of  Directors in 2003.  He also currently serves as the Board Treasurer.   He is currently employed by Ogeechee Technical college as the Director for Campus Safety and Security  and works  part-time as a Paramedic for MedStar Ambulance Service headquartered at  Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
    Smith has over 30 years of service in EMS, having served with various services in  Bulloch, Screven,  Effingham, & Telfair counties and surrounding areas. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds various certifications and levels of training.
    “I am once again humbled by the support  I have received statewide in this election process,” he said.  “It is a testament to the hard work the Board Members have put in to gaining recognition for the Association.  We still have much to do, with several projects already underway, such as obtaining grant funding, improving training, creating a separate fund raising organization, developing a retirement system for ALL medics in Georgia, just to name a few.
    We are currently enjoying a certain  level of respect which the Association has not had before,” he said.” We are definitely being taken more seriously.   But we can’t sit on our  laurels.  There is still much to be done before the EMS community enjoys  the same level of benefits, & respect as their brother police & fire  agencies do.”
     Smith is married to the former Rhonda Terrell, and they have a 13 year old son, Lil’ Jeff.  The Smith family resides in Bulloch County near Statesboro.  They are members of Trinity Baptist Church, where he is a member of the church choir, as well as a member of “The Sons of the Cross” gospel quartet.  Originally from McRae-Telfair County,  Smith has resided in Statesboro-Bulloch County for 26 years.
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